Royal Gunpowder Mills

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Set in 170 acres of natural parkland and boasting 20 buildings of major historic importance, the site mixes fascinating history, exciting science and beautiful surroundings to produce a magical day out for all the family. Established in the 17th century and acquired by the Crown in 1787, the Royal Gunpowder Mills has a very important place in both the history of Great Britain and of its home town of Waltham Abbey.

Venue Type:

Science centre, Museum

Opening hours

Please see website for details.

Admission charges

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Discounts

  • English Heritage
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
a photograph showing he contents of a 1940s shop

1940s Exhibition

  • 1 January 0200 — 1 January 2020 *on now

Explore war-time life with reconstructions from the 1940s. Experience the sights and sounds as you step inside an Anderson air-raid shelter, peek into a war-time kitchen, and toy shop, and browse in a 1940s general store.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Professor Nitrate in The Mad Lab!

Professor Nitrate's Summer of Science

  • 23 July — 23 August 2017

Join us for summer holiday fun at the Royal Gunpowder Mills every Sunday through to Wednesday 23 July – 23 August where Professor Nitrate has an action packed Summer of Science in store! With fun interactive science shows for all the family to enjoy. The new “hands on” zone in The Mad Lab where fun can be had with all types of new gadgets and gizmos! The “Rocket & Flight” zone is where you can make, launch and create all different types of rockets and learn about the science behind them. Get creative each day with t shirt printing, tie dying and painting! Explore the science behind bubbles in the “Bounce and Bubble” zone, and test your skills and learn about projectiles on the “Test Range”. Keep checking our website for even more activities being added.

Adults and children alike can indulge in the history of this site which is infused in science of explosions and propulsion, from gunpowder in the 17th Century to secret Cold War cutting edge research into rocketry. View the site on a guided land train tour, visit our award winning interactive Main Exhibition, explore our Armoury and Rocket Vault and check out our 1940’s exhibition.

Professor Nitrate’s Summer of Science takes place every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday between July 23rd and August 23rd. There’s ample play space for the kids, indoor and outdoor picnic space, a great value café plus so much more to explore on a site with 300 years of secret science and hidden heritage.

Visit our website www.royalgunpowdermills.com for more information or follow us on social media @gunpowdermills

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10.50 - Adults
£8.50 - Children
£9.00 - Concessions

Website

https://www.royalgunpowdermills.com/whats-and-events/summer-holidays/

Big Bang Weekend!

Big Bang Weekend

  • 27 — 28 August 2017 10am-3pm

Get ready for an explosive finale to the summer holidays as on August 27 & August 28 Big Bang Weekend comes to town! Join us as we welcome special effects experts Force FX back to the Mills for a spectacular pyrotechnics show you won’t want to miss! Find out how they make your favourite films and TV dramas and festival effects look so realistic! The show begins at 3pm on both days so make sure you don’t miss out!

Whilst we build up to our fantastic Big Bang show we have some great family activities for everyone to enjoy. Make and launch all types of rockets in the “Rocket & Flight” Zone, Visit the “Hands On” Zone where you can enjoy fantastic experiments , get messy in the “Creative” zone where you can make t shirts , create paintings and other crafts. Plus Professor Nitrate is on hand with fantastic science shows each day in the Mad Lab. Your ticket also gives you access to our award winning exhibition of gunpowder, rockets and armoury, and other attractions. There is ample play space and 170 acres of secret science and hidden heritage to explore with our land train and military truck tours.

Big Bang Weekend takes place Sunday 27th & Monday 28th August, Tickets start at just £8.50 for children, and take advantage of great family tickets too. Nominal charges apply to tours, and for a t-shirt to print and take home to wear. Doors open 10am, Last Entry 3pm. For more information about this event and tickets visit our website and follow us on social media. We are @gunpowdermills on all major platforms

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10.50 - Adults
£8.50 - Children
£9.00 - Concessions

Website

https://www.royalgunpowdermills.com/whats-and-events/big-bang-weekend/

Royal Gunpowder Mills
Beaulieu Drive
Waltham Abbey
Essex
EN9 1JY
England

Website

www.royalgunpowdermills.com

E-mail

General enquiries

info@royalgunpowdermills.com

Telephone

Switchboard

01992 707370

Fax

01992 707372

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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